An interest in design brought Lily Chen from the South of China to UCOL, studying a Bachelor in ICT, and while her studies are going well, it’s her lecturers and the homestay experience that have really made their mark.
“The teachers are so good, the course has a lot of papers I was interested in – design, websites and programming, some of which I had no experience, but the teachers are so supportive and they take the time answering questions.”
Lily’s secondary school was interested in the opportunities for students to go onto international study and her parents felt the same. By using an agent who was familiar with UCOL and New Zealand the whole experience was very straightforward and they all felt confident with their decisions.
“When I am not in class my homestay ‘Mum’ is taking me out exploring, or just spending time with me doing normal things – it’s meant I haven’t got homesick. We still have heaps planned and I am hoping to see the snow soon”.
Asking Lily what advice to others who might be considering studying overseas she was quick to reply “Absolutely have fun and enjoy the new environments, culture and opportunities, but when it comes to your studies, make sure you have good self-control, the energy you put in will be the results you will get ou.”
“The lecturers and your homestay family make the experience feel whole, and give you the support you need being in such a new environment.”